December 22, 2017

Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise.  I said, “Listen, mate, life has surface noise.”

John Peel (the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs)

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November 27, 2017

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

-Jimi Hendrix

Jimi, today would have been your 75th birthday. Why did you and your genius leave this world so early on? I cannot help but think all the amazing things you would have done in this world. Not that I’m not thankful for the current gifts you have provided while you were a mortal like the rest of us, because I very much am. But one still wonders, you know?

Happy Birthday Jimi!

 

October 3, 2017

I had to grow up in a lot of ways. If you do this all your life, you don’t have a normal experience. The rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle does not encourage you to be responsible. I’m still sorting it out, but I’m on better ground.

-Tom Petty, 2006

It was true then it wasn’t true then was true again but you don’t want it to be true. Damn. RIP Tom Petty

ATX Weekend Plan: Sept. 22-24

Concerts and festivals and food oh my! How to detail all the events happening in ATX this weekend?????

Sept. 22: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas Benefit Concert                                                     @ Frank Irwin Center, 7-11 PM CDT

The Texas Box Office released more tickets to this sold-out benefit concert, the largest in Texas. Haven’t checked to see if those are sold out, but I wouldn’t be surprised. This concert benefits the REBUILD TEXAS Fund. It’s a great lineup of musicians and speakers. You’ve got Willie Nelson, Leon Bridges, Paul Simon (Paul Simon!), James Taylor and more performing. Appearances include Matthew McConaughey, journalist Dan Rather, Houston police chief Art Arcevado and a great cast of folks. Charlie Sexton is serving as the music director and local Austin-band Asleep at the Wheel will be performing as the house band.

Don’t have tickets? No problem! TEGNA is showing this live on all 11 stations throughout the state with, yes, NO COMMERCIALS. Don’t live in Texas? You can check it out on YouTube as the show will stream live internationally from 9-10 PM CDT at YouTube.com/TexasStrong. Come (or watch) to show your support to those who have lost everything from Hurricane Harvey because #HarveyCantMessWithTexas.

 

Sept. 22-24: Texas Tribune Festival                                                                                              @ UT Austin AT&T Executive Conference & Education Center

The annual Texas Tribune Festival is back! Get ready for a weekend full of politics, government and issues that affect our fellow Texans. Guests include Chief Art Acevedo, former Austin Police Chief and current Police Chief of Houston, Senator Ted Cruz, Rice University professor Douglas Brinkley. Topics include President Trump, Hurricane Harvey, Mexico, race, social justice, and the big debate of Country vs. Party. You can check out more information on their site: https://www.texastribune.org/festival/.

Sept. 23-24: Pecan Street Festival

It’s an Austin tradition that you need to do at least once. Fun fact: 6th Street used to be called Pecan Street back in the day. Vendors from around the Central Texas area gather around to celebrate fall with food goodies, arts/crafts, knick knacks and did I mention food? Like, funnel cake? Yum! There’s games for kids and music. Yes, of course there’s music! I’m talking Royal Teeth, Migrant Kids, and more. The fest takes place on East 6th. For more information, check out Do512: http://do512.com/pecanstreetfestivalfall2017.

 

So, what are your plans?

Poetry Games: David Bowie

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From DavidBowie.com

It’s been well past 18 months since this great man’s passing. I’m at the point where I can listen with only minimal tears forming, so better late than never here’s a game out of David Bowie’s songs!

 

You sure are

a “Space Oddity”

Mr. “Starman”.

Why spend a

“Life on Mars”?

You’ll only be

“Under Pressure”

to survive the night

like the “Heroes”

of yesteryear.

Does your desire

for “Fame”

mean that much?

 

Mr. “Starman”,

you’re willing

to overthrow

the “Queen Bitch”

and her “Cat People”

to be nothing but a

“Rebel Rebel”

in a

“Suffragette City”.

 

Why do you

constantly question

my “Moonage daydream”

for “Modern Love”

Mr. “Starman”?

I dream of

“Dancing in the Street”

to the “Sound & Vision”

of the “Golden Years”.

 

You sure are

a “Space Oddity”

Mr. “Starman”.

Please don’t commit

“Rock & Roll Suicide”

in “Five Years”.

Let’s settle down,

talk it out.

“Let’s Dance”.

 

 

The Edge of Texas 2017 Lineup Announced

2017 marks the first annual Texas Monthly The Edge of Texas. Based off the May 2017 issue, this event is what I like to think of as a all-Texas SXSW in the middle of the Autumn season up in Dallas, TX.

The Edge of Texas will be held on November 10th and 11th, with each day holding a different theme. Friday, November 10 will be “Party on the Edge” at the Fashion Industry Gallery. Think great food, great music and great art as you and your fellow Texans celebrate everything art, fashion, and food.

Saturday is split into two themes. The day events (10 AM-4PM) is “Storytelling on the Edge”. Your favorite Texas Monthly writers and editors will be interviewing various speakers, allowing their stories to come alive from the pages of the mag. Topics vary from medicine to ISIS to movies to magicians to murder! The night portion begins at 7 PM with live cooking and a “futuristic campfire”. The night is finished off with musical performances by Shinyribs, a local Austinite band (“I Got Your Medicine“) and Sarah Jaffe, who is from Denton (“Clementine“, “Bad Baby“).

To see ticket information, the full lineup and the schedule, check out www.edge.texasmonthly.com.

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Poetry Games: The Head and the Heart

“Honey Come Home”

to “All We Ever Knew”

where the “Library Magic”

“Sounds like Hallelujah”.

 

“Oh My Dear”

all this was a

“False Alarm”.

Follow the “Signs of Light”

through the “Rivers

and Roads”, past

the “City of Angels”.

You’ll find me

“Down in the

Valley”,

“Lost in My Mind”

dancing away the

“Winter Song”.

 

Honey, “Let’s be Still”,

let’s “Turn It Around”.

so that I’m no longer

“Chasing a Ghost”.

Happy birthday Joe Strummer

Happy 65th birthday John Graham Mellor (aka Joe Strummer). Even though you are no longer with us (15 years!!!! 😦 ), that doesn’t mean we can’t stop celebrating you and your musical talent.

All around the world, folks are celebrating the great frontman’s life. Here are a couple articles from different corners of our globe for your recommendation:

Rolling Stone Italia (Italy) – “Joe Strummer, l’ultima intervista”

Concierto (Chile) – “21 de agosto: Recordamos el nacimiento de Joe Strummer”

Champion (England) – “Town to hold first Strummer Jam Festival”

Irish Examiner (Ireland) – “Remembering Joe Strummer’s early visits to Ireland”

WROR (Boston, MA, USA) – “A Tribute To The Only Frontman Who Matters”

Youtube – “The Clash – Police and Thieves (Live in Munich 1977)”

Zelly & Ol’ Hem’s (Austin, TX, USA) – “Poetry Games: The Clash”

Help honor and celebrate Strummer’s life by checking out The Joe Strummer Foundation and donating to help support musicians.

 

Poetry Games: The Cure

First: Happy Friday!

Today’s turning out to be a real crappy day, as you can tell by today’s Quote of the Day post. I heard “Friday I’m in Love” on the radio just now. It’s my silly sign that things will be okay. Haven’t done a “The Cure” poem yet, so this should be fun. 🙂

 

It’s Friday and on

“Friday I’m in Love”.

 

It’s “A Strange Day”

to be in “A Forest”

wandering through the “Purple Haze”.

Wish you were “Close to Me”

again so I’m not trapped

in my memories with

these “Pictures of You”.

Alas, you are

“Jumping Someone Else’s Train”

“In-between Days”

Watching a “Strange Attraction” at a

“Freakshow”

 

Quick!

Quit being “The Perfect Boy”

for once in your life and

meet me at “10:15 Saturday Night”

on “Fascination Street” by the

“Hanging Gardens.”

If we make it in time,

we can catch “The Lovecats”

perform their “Lovesong”.

 

We’ll laugh and party

for old time’s sake

and it’ll be “Just Like Heaven”.

We’ll stay up ’til morning

before we part ways.

You’ll start crying like mad

and I’ll stop you and say

“Boys Don’t Cry”!

We’ll take “The Walk”

to the train station.

You’ll hum my “lullaby”

and promise we’ll

meet again

soon.

Poetry Games: The Beatles

 

The trumpets sound.

The officers send their demands:

“Let’s ‘Come Together’!

Go away to the ‘Revolution’

on the ‘Long and

Winding Road’

where the ‘Blackbird’

‘Twist and Shout’

in the ‘Norwegian Wood’!”

And you go.

 

 

You escape without so much

as a “‘Hello, Goodbye”.

You’re “Here, There, Everywhere”

in my view.

 

On my doorstep on “Penny Lane”

You called for “Help!”.

I come running out

surprised to see your face.

You tell me,

“‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’

so close your eyes

 

and let me kiss you!”

“‘Hey Jude’,” I say,

“This isn’t ‘Yesterday’.

You’re too late.

This ‘Elanor Rigby’ is not for you.

Take your ‘Yellow Submarine’

‘Across the Universe’ because

‘Here Comes the Sun’ and

You ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.”